The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES - BY STER­LING STRAT­TON

Orig­i­nal Owner

Us­ing the money from her hus­band’s es­tate, Es­ther Low­den built a home de­scribed by many as an ar­chi­tec­tural gem. The build­ing was ru­moured to have been de­signed by Hal­i­fax ar­chi­tect David Stir­ling, who favoured the Ital­ianate style of ar­chi­tec­ture. The home was lo­cated in an area that be­came know as Dun­das Es­planade. Af­ter her death, the house was leased to the United States Consul for Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Prom­i­nent Lo­ca­tion

The build­ing is si­t­u­ated on the cor­ner of Hav­i­land and Wa­ter Streets where many large 19th Cen­tury homes are lo­cated. At one time the Amer­i­can flag, at 2 Hav­i­land St., was likely the first flag seen when vis­it­ing ves­sels en­tered the Char­lot­te­town har­bour. It flew from a thirty-foot flag­pole atop the peak of the belvedere.

De­sign De­tails

The build­ing con­tains a num­ber of ar­chi­tec­tural high­lights in­clud­ing the twin bay win­dows on the first floor. The se­cond floor fea­tures in­ter­est­ing win­dows such as: round-headed win­dows, a roundel win­dow, and small hor­i­zon­tal ‘eye­brow’ win­dows in the frieze. Nu­mer­ous dec­o­ra­tive brack­ets have been placed un­der the eaves. The struc­ture is capped by an el­e­gant belvedere. Not seen in the il­lus­tra­tion are four large chim­neys.

Cur­rent Us­age

It is now the lo­ca­tion of the Hav­i­land Club which is an as­so­ci­a­tion for men and women. In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar sched­uled so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties; wed­dings, birth­days, re­tire­ments, and busi­ness func­tions are held on site. The build­ing con­tains fea­tures such as a large lounge with a mov­able bar, a wood-pan­eled wet bar, TV room, card rooms, li­brary, and snooker room.

Hav­i­land Club - Cor­ner Of Hav­i­land and Wa­ter Streets

At­trac­tive Belvedere Over­look­ing The Har­bour

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